Leftover Salmon

Formed in 1989 in Boulder, Colorado, when Vince Herman of the Cajun/calypso/jugband outfit the Salmon Heads joined forces with three members of the progressive bluegrass Left Hand String Band. They call their superbly crafted blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”, and it sounds like this.

Let's Eat Grandma

Two teenage girls (“basically, we’re witches”) from Norwich, England, getting some attention and good reviews in 2016 with a goth/folk thing that they describe as “psychedelic sludge pop”. Here’s an example, their single Eat Shiitake Mushrooms. The name is based on an old punctuation joke: a comma is the difference between “Let’s eat, Grandma!” and “Let’s eat Grandma!”

Lez Zeppelin

Tribute band with the motto: “All Girls, All Zeppelin.” Spin magazine described them as “the most powerful all-female band in rock history”. This is their version of Whole Lotta Love.


Arthur Lee’s initially punkish LA group changed their name from The Grass Roots (because of the other, poppier, Grass Roots) and came up with the perfect name for a band who, in Forever Changes, made one of the great albums of the first Summer of Love in 1967. A kind of psychedelic folk-rock, embellished by acoustic guitars and Tijuana-style horns, it remains unique. If you haven’t heard it, try Alone Again Or.